We beleive that Sailnet is drifting away from their original message, thus the exodus of quite a few number of serious sailors some of who were our friends to other sailing forums. It may be that these administrative things have take a normal couirse of action, and it maybe the way that Sailnet has chosen to maintain or increase future memebership,, but in light of recent decisions by the controlling board of Sailnet we no longer wish to support by actively participating.
We are serious sailors and do not need a new social interaction site as it is becoming.-chef2sail
This is part my original post and were the reasons for my movement away from Sailnet except in PMs which some of my frends have already been receiving to their posts. These reasons may need clarification as others seem to be attributing differing motives. When a person leaves my organizatuion we always do an exit interview so as to learn an hopefully improve ourselves. Thats why I aired my criticisms. To almost all of the mods credi..they have replied to me.
I've moderated a forum oriented toward professional musicians for 15 years, and I can tell you that, like the tides, forums ebb and flow. Good people get fed up with newbies and take off, dejected that things just aren't like they used to be. Sometimes those good people come back after a cooling off period, sometimes new people come in who have a lot of experience to contribute and fill the void left by the old salts. It's just how forums work. There will always be newbies coming in asking the same questions, and it is important to welcome them warmly or the forum will die.- Rhythm Doctor
Rick you are a friend of mine. We got together in person last week and rafted on your trip charter on your trip with your wife. This is not aimed at you, but what you wrote here.
I dont need a cooling off period- that would be a pandantic statement dismissive of my reasons.
I left because my goals as a sailor and Chesapeake sailor who beleives in giving back to
to others and I felt that some at SN do not parallel my goals and beleifs anymore.
My decision was well thought out and not an act of anger.
My decision was not based on interactions in the off topic threads and I was not insulted by anyone in them more than the usual.
My decision was not the normal ebb and flow ( thats what people say when they dont want to look at themselves and blame things on the cosmos and nature and say its predetermined).
My decison was based on a change I percieved since I joined Sailnet from a serious sailors forum to a more social one ie chatrooms and such.
My decison was also one based on an in-person ( not online) interaction and disrespect by someone who is an appinted member of the Sailnet leadership who demonstarted to me that they put their own importance and opinions before others.
In all to dismiss my leaving as "like the tides" is grossly overlooking the reason and therefore may repeat itself through others. And yes that may not seem important to you overall as your numbers show you are increasing, but I prefer quality over quantity and dont use quantity as a measure.
Many of you have PM me, and I thank you for your kind words and many have already seen me at Cruisers Forum getting involved with the same vigor I was involved here. My wife and I will never compromise our ideals of respect and goal of paying it forward in the sailing organizations we choose to join. We will continue to sponsor a Rondevous for Chesapeake sailors at the Matyland Yacht Club in early June to continue the network we have helped bring together and want to continue. My choosing to post elsewhere does not negate the many in person friendships and bonds we have made.
As is the usual case some may now take shots at what I have said. When you do ask...is this respect? and what you want a new poster at SN to see how you treat someone?